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Romanesque churches

Le pievi casentinesi

In the Casentino Valley you have a mix of art, culture and religion. Many parish churches in the Casentino Valley dated back to Romanesque age and were built along to ancient medieval street: Flaminia Maior and Flaminia Minor.

The Flaminia Maior crossed the valley from Arezzo, along the Arno river, while Flaminia Minor started from Poppi to Florence passing by Strada in Casentino, other little villages, Montemignaio and Consuma

Pieve a Socana

Many churches were built above existing worship places.

St. Antonino in Socana is the better example of this concept. It was a famous worship place at the Etruscan age, with its sacrifical altar, one of the biggest of Europe.

Santa Maria in Buiano

The church is placed in a secondary road from Bibbiena to Poppi where there was, before the church, a Roman building.

It is remembered in 1001 when the emperor Federico I give it to the abbay of Capolona.

The original Medieval building should be with a nave and two aisles, but after a grave cut it is now reduced to a single nave. The crypt instead maintains its original state.

San Pietro in Romena

San Pietro is closed to the castle of Romena, remembered by Dante's Divine Comedy.

This church is an example of beautiful buildings of Casentino Valley. The external decoration, altought ruined from the severity of the weather, should be very beautiful.

In Romena and in the nearest church of Santa Maria Assunta, in Stia (in village main square Piazza Tanucci) you can see marvellous capitals reproducing saints, sirens, mosters of medieval bestiaries with animals and common naturalistic elements taken from the valley landscape.

Santa Maria Assunta in Stia

Although the church is remembered for the first time in 1017, the building you can visit is dated at the end of XII century.

The original church was divided in 3 parts from columns, but in the XVIII century this church changed strongly its internal architectural space. The facade and the apse were completely rebuilt. The capitals remember those in the church of Romena.

Starting from 1974 a previous building, anterior to the Romanesque church, was discovered and partially recovered.

Santa Maria Assunta in Montemignaio

For style and architectural plan it was built probably by same hands of workers of other churches descrived above.

Interior is suggestive for cohexistence of columns and pilasters, for big rounded arches, for some frescos in pilasters.

What else you can see

Apart from the Romanesque churches in the Casentino Valley you can visit other worship places rich of arts and history. In Bibbiena you have St. Ippolito and Cassiano, St. Lorenzo, the oratory of St. Francesco beautiful example of Rococo style in the Casentino Valley, and nearest to Bibbiena the Sanctuary of St. Maria del Sasso.

In the village Poppi instead you can visit the St. Fedele church, the oratory of Madonna del Morbo with its exadecimal plant; in Strumi you can see the ruins of the abbay too.

Bibbiena

In the historic centre of Bibbiena you have the St. Ippolito and Cassiano church. The name is taken from the first parish church titled to the two Saints and placed out of the original village of Bibbiena, in a place named "Il Castellare" (it sounds like castle)

In the church there are frescos of XIV century and the famous Madonna col Bambino, masterpiece of XV century painter Arcangelo di Cola da Camerino.

San Fedele in Poppi

St. Fedele is in the history centre of Poppi and has a singular gothic structure because it uses colors white and green for internal rounded arches. You access from the lateral portal with capitals decorated with vegetable patterns.